Sunday, January 15

From Professor Donald Levine

A message from Professor Donald Levine, a long time Friend of Ethiopia:

In the face of Ethiopia's disastrous slippage in 2005, I cannot remain silent. As Martin Luther King, Jr. reminds us, "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

As we begin a new year, I want to voice some thoughts with you about chartering a new direction for Ethiopia in 2006. This must be a direction in which old hatreds give way to new possibilities of living together harmoniously. You know what I mean.

In order to promote some movement in this direction, I have undertaken to return to Ethiopia on January 7 for several weeks. First, in Addis Ababa, I shall attempt to meet with leaders from all sides in order to further the process of mutual understanding and joint constructive action.

Next, in the capital of the Southern Region, I shall help inaugurate the Awassa Peace Center. Many of you previously received notice from me about an aikido dojo for Ethiopia. That idea has now expanded to become a cornerstone of what is emerging as the Awassa Youth Campus and Peace Center.

I ask you now to join with the group of us who will not remain silent. You can do so by making a contribution, however modest or grand, to support the peace center.

Your contribution payable to Aiki Extensions, Inc. can be sent by check to:

Awassa Children's Project
PO Box 824
Chicago, IL 60690-0824

or make a contribution through Paypal @ Aiki Extensions and select "Ethiopia Aikido Fund".

If you would like email updates about this exciting endeavor, please send your name and email to

Melkam addis amat'nna iwenetañña addis zemen.


For additional information on the sponsoring organizations, visit Aiki Extensions and Awassa Children's Project. For information on associated organizations, see EINEPS.

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